Monday, January 26, 2015

The Books of 2014 (Pt. 1)

So, alternating with my 10 Prompts, I will be posting the books I read in 2014~

[fun fact: usually there would be a picture of
all of those books right here
but i'm sick so theres not]
The Fault in our Stars
Author: John Green
Published: January 10, 2012
Genre: YA, Romance, Realistic Fiction
My Thoughts: Before I say anything about the actual story itself, I want it to be clear that John Green is a wonderful writer. Actually, the only reason I managed to finish the book was because of his diction. The story itself was not as compelling as many people made it out to be, and the plot seemed to really meander and lose focus in the middle (though I see his reasons for doing so). I don't really recommend it. That's all I have to say about this one.

Cry, the Beloved Country
Author: Alan Paton
Published: 1948
Genre: Historical Fiction, Social Criticism
My Thoughts: I really liked this book. It was a stirring story of a fathers search for his son in the racial tension/ institutionalized racism of South Africa. Unfortunately, it was extremely hard to follow. Why? Because Alan Paton thought he was above using decent punctuation, such as quotation marks, commas, paragraph brakes, not using paragraph breaks, periods, and grammar. As you can imagine, it was kind of a nightmare to read, due to it's formatting. I recommend it to anyone who has patience and wants to read a historical novel with major social commentary, but be sure to be wide awake while reading!

The Lost World
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Published: 1912
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction (fun fact: in the time it was written it was called a Scientific Romance- the old term for Science Fiction)
My Thoughts: I really loved this story. It is absolutely one of my favorites! The characters are pretty well defined, the narrater is likable, and the plot is quite fantastic. I actually prefer it over the Sherlock Holmes stories... I totally recommend this to anyone who likes dinosaurs/victorian era/adventure stuff :) And the ending was surprisingly satisfying. 

Author: William Shakespeare
Published: First performance- 1611
Genre: Tragedy
My Thoughts: A power hungry man kills all in the way of "his" throne... only to go insane and tragically loose everything. As far as Shakespeare tragedies go, this one just didn't really live up to my expectations. That may be because Hamlet is my favorite, but some parts of Macbeth just fell flat to me. If you enjoy Shakespeare and tragedy (a perfect mixture for insane characters), then yes, I do recommend this book/play (the play is always better)

Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: September 10, 2013
Genre: Romance, YA
My Thoughts: The title says it all- a popular fanfic author finds her life turned upside down as she goes to college, finds a guy, and learns to not depend on her twin sister. The characterization is great, and all of the characters feel very real. It's a cute story, but I wouldn't really recommend it. Let's be real- I would rather read the sci-fi/fantasy story than the story about a girl who writes about the story any day ;)


  1. Cool post idea! :) Our opinions on The Fault In Our Stars seems to be similar- I didn't really care for it either. I really want to read The Lost World and Fangirl and Macbeth (and I agree, Hamlet is my favorite Shakespeare play).

    1. Thanks!
      Yeah, TFIOS was good, but not /that/ good. Unfortunately most people i know romanticize it in a way that is should NOT be, and it's just kind of weird...
      I think you would really enjoy The Lost World!

  2. I have read Fangirl and TFIOS. I loved TFIOS for personal reasons; I could relate to the characters a hecka lot and for that reason and that reason alone, I loved it.

    Fangirl was good. I loved Levi. However, I did not appreciate the fanfic. I didnt really care what happened in her gosh darn story.

    Oh, and I read Hamlet. I liked it :)

    I've been thinking of doing a post like this for so long but I never managed to do it. lol. hmmm. maybe today will be the day

    1. Yeah, I can see how TFIOS would speak to different people/ the characters be more relatable for others. I'm glad you liked it :)

      Fangirl was so cute! But the fic did take up wayy more of the story than needed lol.

      I'll go check out your post!

  3. Sounds like some interesting books! I'm with you on John Green, his writing is great and although I liked tfios it wasn't my fav, and there was another of his I never finished. But his writing is still cool!